Actor and playwright Sam Shepard dies from ALS complications


LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor and Pulitzer-winning playwright Sam Shepard has died from complications associated to amyotrophic parallel sclerosis (ALS), famous as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a deputy for his family pronounced on Monday.

Shepard, 73, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his play “Buried Child,” died final week during home in Kentucky on Thursday, surrounded by his family, orator Chris Boneau pronounced in a matter to Reuters.

“Buried Child” was a story of a family’s dim tip and, like many of his works, overwhelmed on disillusionment and damaged families. His other plays enclosed a Tony-nominated “True West,” “Curse of a Starving Class” and “Fool for Love.”

Shepard’s stoic demeanour and imperishable good looks done him a plain choice to play exam commander Chuck Yeager in a 1983 film “The Right Stuff” – a purpose that warranted him an Oscar nomination. His other films enclosed “Days of Heaven,” “August: Osage County,” “The Notebook,” “Black Hawk Down” and “Steel Magnolias.”

Shepard also wrote a book for “Paris, Texas,” a 1984 film destined by Wim Wenders that won a grand esteem during a Cannes Film Festival in 1984, and Robert Altman’s shade chronicle of “Fool for Love.”

Most recently, he played primogenitor Robert Rayburn in Netflix’s thriller “Bloodline,” his final on-screen role, and expelled a novel, “The One Inside,” in February.

Shepard grew adult in a West and Midwest with a father he described as a aroused alcoholic. After dropping out of college, he spent a few months with a roving museum association and in 1963 during age 19 changed to New York with small income and no connections. He fell into New York’s off-off-Broadway stage while operative as a train child during a famous jazz bar a Village Gate and his initial plays were staged that year.

Shepard, who condensed his playwright name from Samuel Shepard Rogers Jr., wrote some-more than 40 plays.

Shepard also delved into a strain world, spending partial of a 1960s as a drummer in a individualist folk rope a Holy Modal Rounders, vital with Patti Smith, who collaborated on a play “Cowboy Mouth” with him, and essay a strain “Brownsville Girl” with Bob Dylan. Music mostly was incorporated into his plays and he pronounced a pivotal to essay them was to “find all a rhythms and a tune and a harmonies and take them as they come.”

Shepard was married to singer O-Lan Jones from 1969 to 1984 and they had one child. He had a attribute of scarcely 30 years with Jessica Lange, who starred with him in a 1982 film “Frances,” that finished in 2009. They had dual children.

Funeral arrangements sojourn private, and no skeleton have been done nonetheless for a open memorial, Boneau said.

Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Bill Trott


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